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Blue waves appear in cities around the planet for World Oceans Day



People painted blue created human waves across 23 countries to call for the protection of our seas, supported by public figures, including Helen Mirren and Javier Bardem, who voiced their support for the oceans today. From Santiago to Bangkok, London to Johannesburg, the peaceful protestors are calling on governments negotiating at the United Nations towards a Global Ocean Treaty that could pave the way for the creation of a network of ocean sanctuaries covering 30% of international waters by 2030.[1]

On the steps of Rome’s Colosseumpeople performed a human wavewhile a sea of blue people flooded into the streets of Dakar. In Istanbul, children gathered by the water to send their message for ocean protection. From the Wat Suthat temple in Bangkok to the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca, people got together to ask for ocean sanctuaries.

A purse seine vessel with a whale shark caught as bycatch in the Pacific. Whale sharks, being slow swimming filter feeding fish, act as natural aggregation devices for tuna in tropical oceans and are killed in unsustainable numbers in purse seine fisheries. The vessels either set their nets on these creatures to catch the surrounding tuna or the whale sharks are caught in nets around fish aggregation devices (FADs) that attract these magnificent creatures as well as other sharks, turtles and juvenile tuna as well as the targeted adult tuna species.

Today our oceans also received the support of public figures from all over the world, using their voices to amplify this global movement of people that want to see a network of ocean sanctuaries covering our blue planetThe list of Ocean Ambassadors [2] includes the Spanish Oscar winner Javier Bardem, Chinese actor Li Yifeng, and also Chinese musician Tan WeiWei and British actress and Oscar winner Helen Mirren, who said: “Overfishing, climate change, mining and plastic pollution – our oceans are struggling. But now we have a chance to turn things around.”

Frida Bengtsson of Greenpeace’s Protect the Oceans campaign said: “Our oceans are facing an acute crisis that needs profound, solution-oriented action and the political will to drive real change. Governments around the world should know that they are under massive public scrutiny as they negotiate a Global Ocean Treaty at the United Nations.”

People everywhere are asking their leaders to protect marine life, like whales and turtles, to ensure food security for millions of people, and to create healthy oceans that are our best ally against a changing climate.”

For more information about Greenpeace visit their website by clicking here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit

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Breaking News: Garmin Descent Mk2 & Mk2i Launch & Review (Watch Video)



After over 12 months of rumours and speculation, the team at Garmin have finally launched the Garmin Descent Mk2 and Mk2i.

Garmin has gone all out with these, and with the Mk2i having the latest technology in air integration it looks to absolutely be the one to beat!
Why I hear you ask?? Well, they’ve incorporated their Sonar technology into the equation and called it ‘SUBWAVE’ – this will deliver an incredible transmission range of 5-8m..!
How does it work? Well, you’ll need to watch the video to find out!
The dive features are based on the Descent Mk1, while the fitness and life management aspects are based on the incredible Garmin Fenix 6.

With a larger viewable screen, bigger internal memory, and all the latest features including Garmin Pay this promises to be an absolute game changer!

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Northern Diver give you the deals you’d be getting at the Dive Show!



Northern Diver know how much their customers look forward to the Dive Show every year and the great offers that can be found there, so they have decided to run some of their favourites until the end of October so that people can still experience that Dive Show bargain feeling!

Key Special Offers

Heated Vest – was £89 now £79 with free rash vest

Provide heat to give complete warmth to the body when working in cold conditions.The Northern Diver ‘Electracore’ heated vest has been designed and manufactured with your comfort and warmth in mind. The three heat settings allow you to pick a temperature that suits you and if it happens that you want to raise or lower the temperature, the switch has been positioned in an easy to reach position to the left of your midriff – ensuring that even when you’re wearing your suit, the button remains easy to access.

Varilux LD Max – was £169 now £149

This sleek new addition to the Varilux range is a great choice for a primary dive light. The anodised aluminium body provides a tough exterior and the matt black finish makes the Varilux LD Max stand out from the rest of the range.

Guardian BCD – was £320 now £269

The latest Guardian has an incredible 1680/1000 denier nylon build. There’s thirteen D rings on the BCD, nine of which are stainless steel. There’s also two clips either side of the jacket, two generous zipped pockets and four air dumping methods. The jacket’s two integrated quick-release weight pockets and two rear trim weight pockets give a wide range of weight options.

The Guardian has all-new features and extras: our ergonomically designed power inflator system, Moulded Protection Plate, sliders for vertical adjustment of the chest strap, a removable reflective pocket for our Flexi-Light (light stick not included), and a removable bungee cord with a split ring attachment point.

For more great offers visit the Northern Diver website by clicking here.
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